Some thought the new millennium being graced by the presence of Jem and her Holograms was the stuff of fairy tales, but, alas, dreams made from an abundance of synthetic material do come true. It was announced yesterday that the classic cartoon is officially being made into a big screen motion picture. The new Jem and the Holograms has finally been cast and has already started filming. Someone warm up the crimper! It is time to unleash your inner-80’s child.
Starring as the pink-haired pop star Jem and her alter-ego Jerrica Benton will be Audrey Peeples. She may best be known for her role on ABC’s Nashville as Layla Grant, or others may remember her in the television movie Sharknado. As Jem’s sister and band mate Kimber, Disney star Stefanie Scott, from A.N.T. Farm, will shine in all that glitter, as will Aurora Perrineau from Pretty Little Liars and Hayley Kiyoko from Lemonade Mouth and The Fosters, as Shana and Aja respectively. Both Peeples and Kiyoko have played musicians on screen before, so they should be able to channel the star-performer quality necessary to honor Jem and her electrically-colored and totally righteous rock band, The Holograms. Because, suffice it to say, no one in the lineup was even born in the 80s.
This re-imagining of Jem is about an orphaned, young teenage girl who out-of-the-blue hits the big-time as an online recording star. Along with her best buds and band mates, The Holograms, she starts out on a journey that takes the whole team on a musically driven scavenger hunt through Los Angeles to find a message left by her father, and it sounds like the message may have been the father’s last words. Sounds a bit like a cross between Adventures in Babysitting and Babe: Pig in the City, to name a few of the obvious, no?
The film is being directed by Jon M. Chu with Scooter Braun and Jason Blum, and the script was written by Ryan Landels. Chu is the magic-maker behind pop-sensation cinematic music movies like Justin Bieber: Never Say Never and Step Up 2: The Streets, and he also had his hand in GI Joe: Retaliation.Landels most recently wrote for The LXD: The League of Extraordinary Dancers. With such a legendary power team behind the production, the new cast of Jem and the Holograms is sure to have some “truly outrageous” concert shots with super electrifying dance scenes. It has not been revealed yet who is slated to costume the girls, but the outfits better be neon to the max, jaggedly hemmed, and fiercely glittered.
Those who have been a bit miffed about the animated female rock phenoms not getting their big screen debut during the age of heart-shaped guitars and rainbow eyeliner will be stoked to relive the heyday of the glitter-eyed girl rockers by way of the upcoming picture show. Since the cast is set and the film is already in production, it has been predicted the legendary female rockers of Jem and the Holograms will grace the big screen in about a year.
Opinion by Stacy Feder